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Recognizing the Signs Your Parents Need Assisted Living Care or an Assisted Living Care Alternative

The well being of your parents is a concern for every child, especially as they age. If you’re concerned for the health or safety of your loved ones, the first solution that comes to mind may be bringing your parents to live at home with you. This scenario doesn’t work for all families. It’s up to you to determine whether your aging loved one would benefit from outside assistance, either in their own home or from assisted living care. This article discusses the signs that your parents may need assisted living care or alternative options.

There is no one special sign that indicates your parents are struggling to care for themselves—sometimes all it takes is a gut check. The two main indicators that your parents are struggling are the condition of their house or home, and their own personal health.

Assisted living care, or an assisted living care alternative may be a good option if you notice a decline in the condition of your parent’s home—a sure sign they need help. Check for cleanliness and upkeep—is your loved one’s house in the same condition it’s always been in? Check the fridge to ensure there’s enough food and it’s unspoiled. Look over the house for unsafe spaces—are all handrails secure, are rugs worn and sliding, are there any areas of the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom that could cause a fall?

Assisted living care or an assisted living care alternative should also be an option if you notice a physical decline in your parent or loved one’s health—how he or she is moving around the house. You don’t have to be a doctor to realize that your loved one’s health may be failing. If it is, you should be concerned and consult with your loved one’s physician.

Also consider the home layout—stairs can be a hazard for older folks. If you have the opportunity to install or remodel or repurpose your home to include a full bathroom and bedroom on the first floor, do so. Other simple changes include changing door handles to levers, making it easier to get in and out.

Despite difficulties, most elderly folks prefer to stay in the comfort of their home as they age or choose alternatives to assisted living facilities. Home care, or senior home care are excellent alternatives. Community services (house cleaning, medical intervention), emotional support, assistance with every day tasks , social stimulation, and meal preparation services are provided by home care aides. These caregivers are available to provide in elderly care 24 hours a day to allow elderly individuals remain in their own homes and improve the quality of their lives. Learn more about how an individualized elderly care program can improve the life and health of your loved one.

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